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D-Train Order For Marston Vale Confirmed

The title of this post, is the same as the title of an article in the April 2018 Edition of Modern Railways.

It gives a few more details on the order from West Midlands Trains for three Class 230 trains to provide the service on the Marston Vale Line.

  • The trains will be in operation in December 2018
  • Two trains will operate the daily service.
  • The trains will be diesel-powered.

When the trains come into operation, extra early morning and late-night services will be added from Monday to Saturday.

Battery Prototype

The article also gives more details of the battery prototype.

  • The train has four battery rafts, each with a capacity of 106 kWh
  • Range is up to fifty miles with a ten minute charge at each end of the journey.
  • Range will increase as battery technology improves.
  • The train is charged using a patented automatic charging point.
  • The batteries will have a seven-year lifespan, backed by a full warranty.
  • Battery rafts would appear to be interchangeable with the diesel generators.
  • Hydrogen power will be used within the next few years.

The specification seems comprehensive and it would appear there is a high degree of innovative automation and well-thought-out electrical engineering.

Train Energy Consumption

The train has the following characteristics.

  • Two cars
  • 424 kWh of battery capacity.
  • 50 mile range

This gives a consumption 4.24 kWh/per car/per mile.

In an article in the October 2017 Edition of Modern Railways, which is entitled Celling England By The Pound, Ian Walmsley says this in relation to trains running on the Uckfield Branch, which is probably not much more taxing than the Marston Vale Line.

A modern EMU needs between 3 and 5 kWh per vehicle mile for this sort of service.

I am surprised that the Class 230 train lies in the 3-5 kWh range, but then I’m not sure of the weights of the two trains.

I estimate two-car units to weigh as follows.

  • Class 230 train plus batteries – Around 50 tonnes.
  • Electrostar – Around 90 tonnes
  • Aventra – Around 80 tonnes

I shall get some better figures, when I actually see the trains, as the weight is on the side.

The Pop-Up Train

The article talks of the concept of a low-cost pop-up train as a solution for a regional or commuter train.

Export To America?

This pop-up train could be designed to be used to demonstrate rail services in America.

Henry Posner, who is promoting the train in America is quoted as saying cities could use the train to test possible services with passengers on board ‘for less than the cost of a consultant’s study into a possible service’.

These demonstrations will be on freight lines, where for reasons of safety, the passengers trains would run during the day and freight trains at night.

Is America ready for an invasion of remanufactured forty-year-old London Underground D78 Stock trains?

 

 

March 22, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I Went To Redhill

My trip to Redhill this morning had two purposes.

Although, I was interested to see the recent Platform 0 works, the main purpose was to get a feel of the town for a US Corporate Lawyer, who helps companies set up bases in the UK. Redhill was the subject of my visit, as one of his clients wants to set up a base near to an Airport with myriad links to Europe.

The town appears to fit the bill in this case.

 

January 3, 2018 Posted by | Business, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Will Sir David Teach Trump A Lesson?

The Times has an article today, which is entitled Attenborough Brings About A Sea Change.

One statement stands out.

The political impact of Blue Planet II is undeniable..

The article also says.

  • Dozens of MPs have signed a motion congratulating Sir David for highlighting the issue of plastic pollution in the oceans.
  • Michael Gove says he is haunted by the footage and pledged action.
  • The UN has announced plans for a task-force.

But surely, the most important thing the article says is that Blue Planet II will premiere in the US on January 10 on five networks.

Will Trump watch?

Probably not! It’s all fake news to him anyway!

But a large proportion of the around three hundred million , who live in the USA, will find it compulsive viewing!

Out of curiosity, I wondered if Sir David had any views on Donald Trump. Google found this article in The Independent, which is entitled Sir David Attenborough on Donald Trump: ‘We could shoot him. It’s not a bad idea’.

This is said.

Until now, Sir David Attenborough was one of the few individuals in the public eye not to have broached the ever-present, all-pervasive topic of Donald Trump. However, the naturalist and beloved broadcaster has now given his assessment of the situation and suggested a way to counter the Republican’s ascent to power which, believe it or not, involves a gun.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the nonagenarian was probed about how we solve a problem like Mr Trump and quipped: “We could shoot him”.

Obviously, he was only joking. But Trump does live in the Land of Guns!

 

December 9, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Trump’s Cabinet More White And Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan?

The title of this post is the same as the title on this article on the Politifact web site.

It surely says something about Trump’s mealy-mouthed response to the events of this weekend in Charlottesville.

 

August 14, 2017 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

The Americans Reinvent The Sausage Roll

This article on the BBC, describes a row about the American’s reinvention of the sausage roll.

The sausage roll is ours, so to paraphrase The Sun.

“Hop Off, You Yanks!”

June 25, 2017 Posted by | Food | | 1 Comment

Governor LePage Is Angry At Being Called A Racist

According to this article on the BBC, Governor LePage is angry at being called a racist. I’m angry too, at how such a man got to be the Governor of a US State.

The man and those who voted for him are an effing disgrace! And incredibly stupid too!

June 24, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Overdoses Kill As Many As Vietnam

This is the headline on an article in The Times.

This is the first paragraph.

The US suffered its largest ever increase in drug overdose deaths last year, with as many Americans dying because of illegal drugs as were killed in the entire Vietnam War.

59,200 Americans died in the twenty years of the Vietnam War.

June 8, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Trump Launches Stinging Attack On Media

This is the headline on a post on an article on the BBC.

Perhaps, I’m wrong, but I always thought that any successful politician needed the media on their side.

Or is it different across the pond?

February 16, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

Amateurs!

That is my one word response to this article on the BBC, which is entitled Michael Flynn resignation: He had to go, says White House.

February 14, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Trump’s Executive Order: Amateur Hour At The White House?

The title of this post is the title of this article on the BBC.

The article compares President Bush’s reaction to Hurricane Katrina, with Trumkopf’s immigration executive order.

It says this.

History will judge the long-term impact of Mr Trump’s Friday afternoon immigration order, but his early praise for its implementation will not easily be forgotten.

I don’t think we’ll even need to wait until the history is long enough to judge.

I suspect the BBC article will be denounced as fake news.

But I do wonder, if his immigration policy will be good for the nice holiday places to visit in the rest of the world.

If say, you were thinking of going to Florida for a holiday, will you now be thinking about Greece or Spain?

 

January 30, 2017 Posted by | News, World | , , , | Leave a comment